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From bi- +‎ Latin camera ‎(chamber) +‎ -al.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /bʌɪˈkaməɹəl/
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  • Hyphenation: bi‧cam‧er‧al


bicameral ‎(not comparable)

  1. (government) Having, or pertaining to, two separate legislative chambers or houses.
    • 1891, John William Burgess, Political Science and Comparative Constitutional Law, Volume 2, page 108,
      By preventing legislative usurpation in the beginning, the bicameral legislature avoids executive usurpation in the end.
    • 1911, Saxony, article in Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition,
      The legislature (Standeversammlung) is bicameral — the constitution of the co-ordinate chambers being finally settled by a law of 1868 amending the enactment of 1831.
    • 2009 February 9, Carl Hulse, “In Congress, Aides Start to Map Talks on Stimulus”, in New York Times[1]:
      Once the Senate votes, aides said, the first order of business in the bicameral talks will be to set an overall dollar figure [] .
  2. (typography) Of a script or typeface: having two cases, upper case and lower case.
    • 2001, Yves Savourel, XML Internationalization and Localization, page 80,
      Aspect values on bicameral fonts are based on the size of the lowercase characters.
    • 2004, Robert Bringhurst, The Elements of Typographic Style, version 3.0, page 255:
      Bicameral (upper- and lowercase) unserifed roman fonts were apparently first cut in Leipzig in the 1820s.
    • 2004, Parmenides, Peter Koch, et al., Carving the Elements: A Companion to the Fragments of Parmenides, page 91,
      For more than a thousand years, classical Greek has been habitually written in a bicameral, polytonic alphabet (one with caps and lower case and a set of diacritics marking tone and aspiration).



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bicameral m, f ‎(masculine and feminine plural bicamerals)

  1. bicameral



bicameral m, f ‎(plural bicamerais, comparable)

  1. (politics) bicameral (having two separate legislative chambers)